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Entry requirements

Find out which qualifications will be recognised in your Birkbeck application.

Foundation year students

  • Japanese students applying directly from high school (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho) will need to complete a foundation course before enrolling on a 3-year Bachelor's degree. Birkbeck has two options:
    • Applicants who have already achieved 6.5 in the IELTS test can apply for 4-year integrated Bachelor’s Degree plus Foundation programmes, which offer a joint confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) for all four years of study.
    • Applicants who do not meet the English requirement should apply for a Foundation Year or international Year 1 degree at our partner provider OnCampus London, which offer guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.


  • Applicants can be considered for direct entry onto an undergraduate course with the following:
    • associate degree (Jun-gakushi) with a final grade of at least B+/75% or equivalent
    • vocational degree (Senmon-shi) with a final grade of at least B+/75% or equivalent
    • one year of a Bachelor's degree (Gakushi) at a recognised university with an average grade of B+/75% or a GPA of 3.2/4.0
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A-levels will be considered for direct admission onto undergraduate degree programmes. IB requirements range from 28 to 30, depending on the course.
  • Applicants from Japan who have completed the Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) will normally require a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at the College. These offer the opportunity for guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.


  • To be considered for entry onto a Master's degree at Birkbeck, you would be expected to have a Gakushi from a recognised Japanese university. For programmes requiring a UK 2:2, a minimum GPA of 2.8/4.0 (65%) is required. For programmes requiring a UK 2:1, applicants will need a minimum final GPA of 3.0/4.0 (at least 70%). The minimum grade may vary depending on your university and from one subject to another. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account.
  • If you do not meet these criteria, you can apply for Birkbeck’s International Foundation Programme, which acts as a bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study, preparing you to study a Master’s degree in the UK. There are progression pathways onto various courses at Birkbeck.
  • Another option is the Master's Foundation programme, which is available for 2- or 3-term progression onto a wide range of Master’s degrees at Birkbeck.

Research degrees 

  • The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree (Shushi) from a recognised university with a final grade of at least B+/75% or a GPA of 3.2/4.0. Please note that professional Master’s degrees do not usually include a thesis and applicants may not always be suitable for doctoral studies.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application

International partnerships

Ochanomizu University: Birkbeck has a bilateral undergraduate student exchange agreement with Ochanomizu University, Tokyo.

Contact us in Japan

Please get in touch with our in-country representatives if you have any queries.

SI-UK Education Council


  • BEO website
  • Address:
    • 5th floor Davinchi Shinjuku Bldg.
    • 4-3-17 Shinjuku,
    • Shinjuku-ku,
    • Tokyo, 160-0022
  • Phone: +81-3-5367-3315
  • Fax: +81(0)3-5367-3316
  • Check website for office in Osaka

SI-UK (London)

  • SI-UK website
  • Address:
    • Linen Hall
    • 162-168 Regent Street
    • London
    • W1B 5TB
  • Phone:  +44 (0)20 7287 7040
  • Fax: +44 (0)20 7287 7030

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